On the MySpace page for The deBretts, a new four-piece band from London, there’s a photo of lead singer Vonnie in a black chiffon dress sitting on a toilet in what looks like a public rest room.
The picture offers an interesting contrast: Vonnie may dress like a debutante, but decorum goes out the window once she gets on stage and starts throwing herself around like a rag doll in a clothes dryer. It’s the kind of thing that gets you noticed, and without the benefit of an extensive catalog — or any catalog, for that matter — the band have been asked to open for some influential and successful acts including Noisettes, Futureheads and Mystery Jets. The consensus in the British indie-rock press is that they blow the headliners off the stage — but the British indie-rock press always says things like that. Potential fans in Japan have an advantage in that the group’s debut album, “The Rage” — yet to be scheduled for release elsewhere in the world — has just come out in advance of their first tour here.